Elon Musk Backtracks on Earlier Comments, Says ‘I Don’t Hate Apple’

Elon Musk raised eyebrows yesterday when he called Apple the „Tesla Graveyard“ in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, but this afternoon he attempted to smooth things over with a series of tweets clarifying his stance on the company.

„Yo, I don’t hate Apple,“ he said before stating „it’s a great company with a lot of talented people.“ Musk says he loves Apple products and he’s „glad they’re doing an [electric vehicle].“

In the interview, Musk called Apple the Tesla Graveyard after being questioned about Apple hiring some of Tesla’s „most important engineers.“ Musk laughed off the idea that important Tesla employees had left the company for Apple and said people Apple hired had already been fired from Tesla. „If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple,“ he said. „I’m not kidding.“

Musk also made fun of products like the Apple Watch, the iPad Pro, and the Apple Pencil, comments that he explained in a bit more detail today. In a second tweet, Musk said he wasn’t a fan of the Apple Watch’s functionality, but expects it to be a much more compelling product in the future.

Apple and Tesla have been at odds in recent months as Apple has entered the car business. The two companies have been poaching employees from one another for several months running, but Musk has maintained that Apple has hired away „very few people“ from Tesla despite attempting to lure Tesla employees with salary increases and large signing bonuses.



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Hidden Features in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have been available to developers for two weeks now, giving us time to discover all of the little features in both operating systems that weren’t discussed during the keynote event. We’ve created two videos that highlight some of the small but neat additions to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which you can watch below.

Apple’s introduced a wide range of feature additions and minor tweaks in iOS 9 that make some very useful improvements to iOS. For example, there’s now a Notification Center widget that displays the battery life of connected devices like the Apple Watch, and there’s a search bar in the Settings app that lets you find a specific setting very quickly.

A „Back to App“ feature lets you swap between apps quickly when you click a notification or a link, and some keyboard changes on the iPad make editing documents a whole lot easier.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan has fewer small feature additions, but there are some improvements worth pointing out. The famous rainbow wheel pointer or „beachball,“ which spins when a program is loading has brighter, more defined colors, and the cursor is now easier to find when waking a Mac from sleep. There’s also a revamped Disk Utility window and a dedicated Find My Friends widget for the Notification Center.

If you want to see an overview of all of the features in the new operating systems, make sure to check out our roundups: iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Our dedicated iOS 9 and El Capitan forums are also an excellent resource for learning more about the software we’ll all be using in the fall.





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Apple Thunderbolt Display Supplies Again Running Low at Third-Party Resellers

Inventories of the Apple Thunderbolt Display are dwindling at some third-party resellers, according to a report from MacTrast. The site spoke to a number of retailers including MicroCenter, Fry’s, CDW, Best Buy, MacConnection, and others.

Several stores said they had limited stock, while a number more said they were backordered or otherwise completely out of stock. One retailer, Adorama, went further, saying the Thunderbolt Display was „no longer available“.

MacTrast called their customer support line and were told that „the manufacturer is no longer allowing us to order new inventory for this item, and it has been removed from our system“.

Shortages of products at third-party resellers can occasionally be an indicator of a future refresh or discontinuation, but for a low-volume product like the Apple Thunderbolt Display, we can get mixed messages.

For example, this past January, AppleInsider reported similar shortages of the Thunderbolt Display at third-party resellers, but 6 months later, there is no replacement for it.

Regardless, redesigned Thunderbolt displays are expected at some point, perhaps alongside the new Mac Pro which is expected later this year. Potential features for a revamp include Retina capabilities, support for Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, and the MagSafe 2 connector that was introduced last year. The display may also be redesigned with the thinner profile and new display assembly process that Apple introduced with the new iMac late last year.


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